Lauren Shaw

Ally

My name is Lauren, and I am a Christian, a feminist, and a supporter of all my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who fit into the LGBTQ community.

My Cedarville experience completely changed my life. I entered Cedarville as a naïve, closed-minded, ultra conservative teenager. My first two years at college as well as my middle and high school years can be defined by a quote from one of my all-time favorite novels Let the Great World Spin: “Sometimes we just walk into something that is not for us at all. We pretend that it is. We think we can shrug it off like a coat, but it’s not a coat at all, it’s more like another skin.“ Thankfully, due to many awesome conversations in several literature courses at Cedarville, I realized that I was not the person I thought I was. I was actually completely different.

When I walked off that stage in May 2013 with a B.A. in Integrated Language Arts Education, I had a passion for showing people of every age, gender, or sexual orientation love, especially Christ’s love – that kind of deep, passionate, equalizing love that transcends any and all boundaries. I not only want to show this kind of care and love to my future students, but I also want to show it to everyone I come into contact with because everyone deserves love and acceptance. My prayer is that through my story, someone may realize that there are people out there who care about who he or she is as a person, regardless of who that person may love.

I want to end with a timeless and encouraging quote:

“Life is hard, at times as hard as crucible steel. It has its bleak and difficult moments. Like the ever-flowing waters of the river, life has its moments of drought and its moments of flood. Like the ever-changing cycle of the seasons, life has the soothing warmth of its summers and the piercing chill of its winters. And if one will hold on, he will discover that God walks with him, and that God is able to lift you from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope, and transform dark and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of inner peace.“

*Taken from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Eulogy of the Martyred Children,“ 1963